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Coming off of a 4-21 season last year, junior forward Chris Dirks, along with the rest of the Linfield basketball team, expects a much stronger season is in store for them.
With Linfield’s top-scorers from last year graduating, someone has to step up and take on the role of the new team leader.
Dirks believes that the team has “a lot of new talent” and will be very competitive this season, adding that he is “excited about our potential.”
Dirks played in 13 games last season and played an average of 12 minutes in each of them. He averaged 2.6 points per game, but really contributed with his rebounding skills, pulling in 39 rebounds and averaging three per game.
Dirks is motivated to be the best team player he can, saying that he doesn’t care whether he starts or gets his minutes off the bench, either way he believes that “Coach Rosenberg will put us in the best position to win this season.”
His personal goals are to just simply do whatever he can to make the team better and help his team reach a .500 record.
Dirks’ team goals aren’t any different.
“I think a realistic goal for the team this year is to put ourselves in a position to be playing for a conference playoff spot at the end of the season,” Dirk said.
Basketball has always been Dirks’ passion, and he feels extremely privileged to be able to play after high school, but the NBA isn’t where he sees himself ending up.
Dirks’ plans for the future include being a math teacher and coaching basketball, with an alternative option of going to play ball in Australia with his old teammate Zach Anderson, a 2012 Linfield graduate. Anderson played as a forward for the Wildcat’s basketball team his senior year at Linfield.
One of the things that is difficult with playing a sport in college is figuring out how to manage your studying, as well as practicing your sport.
Dirks can relate to balance being a struggle while playing a sport, but says that when he is in season, he finds it much easier to manage his time.
Having a lot of free time can sometimes be harder to handle than not having any free time at all.
Dirks and the Wildcats play their first official game at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium for the Bon Appetit Classic against the State University of New York-Old Westbury.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
The Linfield men’s basketball started their season with an exhibition game against Western Oregon University on Nov. 1. They lead going into halftime, but could close out and finished with a 70-64 loss.
Linfield outscored its opponent by five, leading 43-38 and finishing with a 15-3 run in the last five minutes of the first half, but couldn’t manage to hold off the Wolves in the end. They played well on defense, but could seem to get the offense rolling again in the second, as they were outscored by 11.
They had an excellent performance coming from freshman guard Ryan Potter, as he scored 20 points in the loss. He went 6-8 from beyond the three-point line and added two more from free throws, making a perfect 2-2 from the charity stripe. Potter also finished the game with three rebounds, two assists and only one turnover. Junior guard Adam Myren also had a solid game coming away with 12 points and four rebounds.
Even though freshman guard Tanner Brill couldn’t get the hot hand with his shots from the field, he kept his nerves under control and went 6-6 from the free throw line, as well as adding three rebounds and two assists.
Linfield shot a decent 57.1 percent from the field and a great 66.7 percent from past the three-point line, but dropped these stats down to 27.6 percent from the field and 26.7 percent for three in the second.
The Wildcats finished this game with a 40.0 shooting percentage and a 44.4 three point percentage. They did a bit better from the free throw line, shooting 75 percent making 12 out of 16 attempts, but this couldn’t help them to victory.
The men will play in the Bon Appetit Classic against Old Westbury University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium, followed by a game against Portland Bible College at 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Portland, Ore.
Their first regular season game will be at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 against George Fox University. This game will be played away in Newberg, Ore.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
Shanan Rosenberg has had an extensive coaching career serving as the lead assistant coach at Canada College in Redwood City,
Lewis and Clark College for three years and head coach at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif., for 11 years.
At Foothill College, Rosenberg took over the struggling basketball program in 2002. By the time he left the position this past year,
the program had obtained the best single-season record, 22-5, in Foothill’s history with a number five final state ranking. Foothill
had become an annually top-10 regionally ranked program and over an 11 year span, the student-athletes achieved a 99 percent
Now, Rosenberg is starting a new journey here at Linfield College. With his impressive background, Rosenberg has a strong skill set
that will give him an edge for the upcoming basketball season.
“I’m focused on moving forward,” Rosenberg said. “From a game-coaching standpoint I have a substantial amount of experience and
enthusiasm that I can bring to this post. I’m really excited about building a unique culture that represents Linfield men’s basketball as a
team of success on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”
Rosenberg also refers to another major addition to the program. Mickey Polis, the new assistant coach, will also give the team an
edge for the upcoming season. Polis graduated from Portland State University in 2009 and played as a transfer student for Linfield for
two seasons. During that time, the Portland State team won 46 games, two Big Sky Tournament titles and qualified twice for the NCAA
“Mickey is a great addition to our program,” Rosenberg said. “Together we will bring a lot of experience, energy, work ethic and love
in shaping the future of men’s basketball into a highly esteemed and coveted program.”
So why would a tenured professor with one of the most successful basketball programs in the nation want to start fresh in a small
town like McMinnville? Not to mention a basketball program that has been weak for the past couple of years.
A connection to Linfield was made early in the his career when he served as assistant head coach at Lewis and Clark College. He
explained while even playing against Linfield, he always felt that there was a sort of gravity the school had that always seemed to draw
“Linfield College has always been on my short list of ideal jobs over the past 14 years,” Rosenberg said. “The college has great
tradition and an academic environment that I aspire to be a part of, and the McMinnville community is a great fit for my family. There is
great potential for the team to be successful and I bring a strong teaching background in kinesiology. This was the ultimate opportunity
for me both professionally and personally.”
As for what we can expect from the team, not much can be said quite yet.
“I don’t have a history with the current players so it’s definitely a learning curve for me,” Rosenberg said. “My immediate job as a
coach is to see what I have to work with, and make the most of our personnel.”
What seems to be most important to coach Rosenberg is creating a sense of community with not only the men’s basketball program
but also the rest of Linfield community.
“We want people to watch us play and get excited about our team,” Rosenberg said. “We want our teams to be something that the
Linfield and McMinnville community can enjoy and thoroughly support.”
The basketball season starts Nov. 1 with an exhibition match against Western Oregon University.
By Camille Weber / Sports columnist
The men’s basketball team held senior night Feb. 16 for all players leaving the team to say their good-byes and receive honors from the program. However, one person was left out on this night. Head coach Larry Doty, or “Dotes” as players and other students know him as, is retiring after 26 seasons of coaching the Wildcats.
“It’s the fastest 26 years I have been through,” Doty said.
The tenured coach has held his position the longest in program history. He also recorded the most victories in program history with 330.
He was the last full-time faculty and head coach hired by the school.
Doty attended West Linn High School, then Linfield for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, during which, he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball.
“I had a great experience here as an athlete,” Doty said.
During his senior year playing basketball, coached by Ted Wilson, the team had the program’s all-time best scoring record with 2,676 points in 28 games. The team’s average was 95.6 points per game.
After having positive experiences with basketball in both high school and college, Doty stepped into coaching himself.
He coached the West Linn Lions men’s basketball team. The team took fourth in the state during his final year of coaching.
As soon as he saw an opening for head coach at Linfield, Doty quickly applied for the position.
During his time as head coach, Doty made sure the men that went through his program had positive experiences.
In addition to the 100 hours spent to prepare for about 26 games a season, the team spends time bonding through fundraising events, volunteering and team trips.
“We end up doing those kinds of things because we spend a lot of time together,” Doty said.
His players know him for all of the stories that he shares with them, which helps him standout as a lively individual.
“[Doty] is somebody who teaches his players much more than just the game of basketball. He is constantly teaching his players life lessons as well,” senior Dakotah Pine said.
Doty’s son Dominic Doty is also a member of the basketball staff. He has served as an assistant coach for the past six years, in addition to his four years as head coach for women’s soccer.
“I think every son grows up wanting to be like their father. I was just lucky enough to be a part of his legacy, Dominic said in an email.
“I can’t begin to tell you all the things he has taught me or all the ways he has impacted my experience as a coach today. I wouldn’t know where to start. But what I can say is that I am what I am as a coach and a person today because of him.”
Doty’s family was constantly sitting in the stands cheering him and Dominic Doty on at home games.
Doty also helped lead game management for the soccer games so he could support his son.
“When you are a coach, your family makes sacrifices,” Doty said. “It’s been a family affair.”
After leading two teams to conference championships in 1999 and 2001, Doty said he is now ready to try new things in his life.
He will continue to teach classes for the Human Health and Athletic Performance Department and also oversee internships for students.
Doty has helped find opportunities for players to get involved on campus and is now helping other students receive the same opportunities.
“The things that I will take with me are the experiences with the student athletes,” Doty said.
Former players from all over, including ones from Iceland and England, remain in contact with him, following their college careers. Reconnecting with players and seeing how they are following their college careers is something that Doty enjoys.
“He has devoted as much time, energy, and effort into the Linfield men’s basketball program as he possibly could,” Pine said. “When you drive past the HHPA, it doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday or weekend, 6 a.m. or midnight, there is a good chance you will see his car parked in front of Cook Hall.”
Although Doty has completed his time with the men’s basketball program, this does not mean he is done impacting students’ lives at Linfield.
“It just seemed like the right time for me, my wife, my family and the right time for the basketball program,” Doty said.
The Wildcats women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a win over Northwest Conference foe Willamette University on Feb. 19 at the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Prior to the game, Linfield senior Nicole Barton was honored as the Wildcats’ lone senior on senior night.
The scoring started low for both teams, with only one basket scored in the first three minutes by Wildcats’ sophomore Katelyn Henson. At the 17-minute mark, the ’Cats started their run, extending their two-point lead to five points with 14 minutes left.
“Jumping out to an early lead is always a good indicator of how the overall game will go,” Henson said. “We set the tempo and were able to keep control of the outcome.”
The trend continued for the remainder of the first half, as the Wildcats left to the locker room with a 14-point lead, 34-20. The ’Cats scoring was helped out largely by the bench, who contributed 11 points. The Wildcats out-shot the Bearcats 47-21 percent.
With a healthy lead, the Wildcats took control of the court in the second half and continued with their success. Aided by a 41 field goal percentage in the half, the ’Cats showed their dominance, taking the game by a final score of 66-45.
Junior Kaely Maltman led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points and shooting six of seven from the field. Henson and Maltman each added seven additional rebounds.
“I felt like collectively, as a team, we were even across the scoreboard,” Henson said. “I also thought that we played great defense and didn’t let them get many second chance shots.”
This was the third win of the season for the Wildcats, who finished with a final record of 3-19.
“Going out on a win was the perfect way to wrap up a season like this,” Henson said. “Although our record doesn’t show it, we have grown immensely over the past few months as a team, and I have no doubt that we will continue to improve as the 2013-14 season rolls in.”
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Photo by Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor